Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"I believe that the commission of a crime must have a tough and just consequence...
I also believe that once an offender has fully paid his debt to society, he deserves a second chance...
It is a mark of good government to restore felons' rights and provide them the opportunity to succeed and become law-abiding citizens again...
Therefore, I am amending the criteria used to adjudicate non-violent felons applications for restoration of rights. With these changes, Virginia will have an automatic restoration of rights process..."
Governor McDonnell’s letter outlining his felon voting policy changes, governor.virginia.gov, May 29, 2013
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Secretaries of States, members of state and federal legislative bodies, Executive Branch officials with significant involvement in felon voting issues, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in felon voting issues.[Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Governor of Virginia (Republican), Jan. 16, 2010-Jan. 11, 2014